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Atai, Ataya

Maritania food
Mauritania has a well-developed tea culture, and Chiniese green tea is by far the most popular tea beverage. The word “Atai” or “Ataya” literally means “The tea” in Arabic, and it is usually made of dried green tea, water, lots amount of mint and sugar. Green tea arrived from China in the 15th century in the holds of the Portuguese sailing ships, and was later adopted by the Moors who drank it with a passion. As a guest you are served three times, don’t hesitate to accept this gesture.